In Celebration of National Poetry Month: Taylor Mali Performs His Poem “I’ll Fight You for the Library”


About Taylor Mali: Mali is a poet who “emerged from the poetry slam movement.” Mali spent nine years in the classroom. He says he taught “everything from English and history to math and S.A.T. test preparation.” He describes himself as a “vocal advocate of teachers and the nobility of teaching.”

Having been a classroom teacher myself—as well as a school librarian—his poem I’ll Fight You for the Library really speaks to me. I find it both funny and true-to-life. I crack up every time I watch the video of him performing the poem.

I’ll Fight You for the Library


Taylor Mali


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